Chevy Traverse Offers a Sporty Alternative to Traditional Family Haulers

For moms and dads not quite ready to embrace the mini-van, the Chevy Traverse offers the capacity and convenience of a big family hauler without the stigma of being a big dorky “boxmobile.”

Soon to be available at Indiana Chevy dealers, the 2018 Chevy Traverse provides families with a sleek, cool alternative to the minivan, with ample seating space, a smooth-as-silk ride, and top-rated safety. For the latest model year, Chevrolet redesigned the Traverse with an all-new look and new, more powerful engines.

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Exterior Design & Performance

Recently debuted at the Detroit Auto Show, the Traverse has an all-new look for 2018. Chevy designers gave the Traverse a curvy, more elegant look that takes a lot of cues from the luxury market. The new Traverse is also bigger than the previous model. The 2018 Chevy Traverse is 204.3 inches long, and the vehicle’s wheelbase has increased by 2 inches.

For 2018, the Traverse gets two new engines and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The base level engine is a 3.6-liter V6 which cranks out 305 horsepower and 260 lb. ft. of torque. The new engine increases the vehicle’s horsepower by about 20 hp over the previous version.

Traverse owners can also opt for a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that generates 255 horsepower and 295 lb. ft. of torque. The turbocharged engine is available only on the Traverse’s new RS model.

Exterior Design & Performance

Interior & Tech

The Traverse offers a comfortable, spacious interior that drivers and passengers alike will enjoy. Changes to the vehicle’s design have added three more inches of legroom to the second row and about a half an inch to the third row.  Adding space has reduced the Traverse’s cargo capacity – now, when the second and third rows are folded, the Traverse offers 98.5 cubic feet of space, which is still more than adequate for most needs.

The Traverse uses good quality materials for its interior, with attractive accents and styles. The dashboard also offers intuitive controls that new owners will find easy to learn.

The new Traverse offers quite a few nifty tech features. For parents teaching teens how to drive, the Traverse offers a “Teen Driver” mode that allows owners to set driving parameters, such as radio volume and maximum speed control. The new Traverse also offers a surround-view camera, lane departure alert, forward collision alert, and automatic braking.

The Traverse was first introduced in 2009 and 2018 will be the first year of its second design generation. Sales in the U.S. have steadily increased over the years, and the Traverse sold 116,701 units in 2016. The Traverse is manufactured in Lansing, Mich.

For families looking for a sleek alternative to minivans that still have the space for a family vacation or hauling a few kids to soccer practice, the Traverse is the vehicle they’ve been searching for. Consumers looking for cars for sale in Indiana should check out Valley Chevy, an established Spencer Chevy dealership with years of experience in serving the community.